Engaging community paramount for CAC Foundation’s new executive director

July 18, 2009
(This story is part of an ongoing series featuring new and current CAC employees.)
PINAL COUNTY, Ariz. – More than six months into his role as the executive director for the Central Arizona College Foundation, Gary Broussard is pounding the proverbial pavement with his mantra of engagement.
He sees it as another avenue of accessibility that CAC can travel down as the college continues to expand its services in a county that is larger than the state of Rhode Island.
And while Broussard’s primary role is to raise funds, especially for such CAC initiatives as the Promise for the Future Scholarship program, asking for financial commitments from businesses and individuals to further higher education opportunities in Pinal County is a small phrase in a long paragraph.
“We need to engage the communities we serve through education, accessibility and skill training,” Broussard, who joined the Pinal County Community College District in January, stated. “We want people to know we are here to help them. And, we want people to know we need them to help others.”
It is Broussard’s job to shepherd Central Arizona College’s mission in the community.
“CAC is one of the leadership organizations in Pinal County,” he explained. “As an educational institution, we have access and resources to community-based opportunities that others may not. We have a responsibility to foster relationships and make connections among organizations to help those who live in Pinal County. In turn, we then have the opportunity to ask those people to help the future generations of the county. It is a pay-it-forward mentality that works very well with community, and as a community college we have the ability to foster that environment.”
Broussard’s extensive background in education administration spans 25 years. He arrived at Central Arizona College after serving as the vice president of institutional advancement at St. Gregory’s University in Shawnee, Okla., and starting his own company in Tucson - GPB Associates, LLC.
A 1977 graduate of Stephen F. Austin University in Nacogdoches, Tex., Broussard earned his master’s degree in administration in 1999 from the University of San Francisco.
His vast experience has brought him to Central Arizona College where he quickly is becoming a recognizable figure in Pinal County as he spreads the mission of the CAC Foundation.
“The mission of the CAC Foundation is to develop resources and raise funds by building friendships and partnerships in support of the Central Arizona College mission,” Broussard recited. “And we do this in large part by engaging the community.”
To learn more about the CAC Foundation, please contact Broussard by phone at 520-494-5216, or by e-mail at gary.broussard@centralaz.edu.


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